Wrestlers Drop Home Opener to Army, 27-6
Brown kicked off their home schedule on Saturday afternoon, losing a tough 27-6 decision against the Army Black Knights despite wins from Jeff Lemmer and Bran Crudden. With the loss, Brown falls to 2-7 overall, including 1-3 against EIWA league opponents.
The action kicked off at 133 pounds, where sophomore T.J. Popolizio lost a hard-fought 6-4 bout against Army's Travis Coffey, highlighted by an escape and take down in the third period. At 141, Casey Thome pinned Brown's Nick Mazza in 1:53, forging an early lead for the visitors.
Freshman Phil Marano nearly pulled an upset at 149, dropping a tough 7-6 decision against Army's Joey Walters. Marano picked up three total escapes, and also added a take down in the third, but fell just short. That was followed by an 8-1 loss by rookie Gabe Brotzman at 157.
At 165, Lemmer picked up the first win of the day for the Bears, with a 6-4 decision over Patrick Marchetti of the Black Knights. Lemmer picked up an escape in both the first and second, then scored a decisive pair of take downs on Marchetti in the third to seal the victory.
At 174, sophomore Ziad Kharbush fell 5-1 against Army's Ryan Mergen despite an escape in the second. Senior Bran Crudden regained some momentum for the Bears at 184 though, earning a convincing 10-5 win against Collin Wittmeyer. Crudden earned two take downs in the first, then followed with a reversal in the second and an escape and take down in the third to pick up the victory.
Army responded with a pair of victories at 197 and 285, however, as seniors Branden Stearns and Larry Otsuka dropped tough bouts by scores of 2-1 and 4-0 respectively. The action then wrapped up with a 7-0 loss by fellow senior Greg Einfrank at the hands of Lance Penhale of the Black Knights.
The Bears will be back in action next weekend, when they host Boston University and Drexel at the Pizzitola Center beginning at 12:00 p.m.
125 - Lance Penhale (A) dec. Greg Einfrank (B), 7-0
133 - Travis Coffey (A) dec. T.J. Popolizio (B), 6-4
141 - Casey Thome (A) pinned Nick Mazza (B), 1:53
149 - Joey Walters (A) dec. Philip Marano (B), 7-6
157 - Rudy Chelednik (A) dec. Gabriel Brotzman (B), 8-1
165 - Jeff Lemmer (B) dec. Patrick Marchetti (A), 6-4
174 - Ryan Mergen (A) dec. Ziad Kharbush (B), 5-1
184 - Bran Crudden (B) dec. Collin Wittmeyer (A), 10-5
197 - Richard Starks (A) dec. Branden Stearns (B), 2-1
285 - Christian Botero (A) dec. Larry Otsuka (B), 4-0